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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Book Review: Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

This book was a book my 10 year old attempted to read. At some point, she felt it was starting to get too scary for her. So I decided to give this one a go.

First off, this book targets grades 4-7. I am 40 years old, so it wasn't meant for someone like me.

This would be the second book that I have read that my 10 year old decided to stop reading. The other, The Ghost's Grave, was a fun read. This one, however, was not so lucky for me.

The story is about a family moving to the country, to an old Church ground. The family consists of a mom with her two children, Molly and Michael, and the father with his daughter, Heather.

The church has been transformed into a home but the grounds still house a burnt out house and < scary music begins > a graveyard!

The children, especially Molly and Heather, do not get along. There is really no explanation of the relationship between Molly and Heather but instead, becomes an instant HATE from Heather to Molly at the new home.

It is suspected, but never really stated, that Heather is possessed by a child ghost from the grounds. This girl, the ghost, is Helen. Molly sees Helen with Heather; Heather tells Molly about Helen. Molly tells everyone else about how kooky Heather is about this ghost and no one believes her. Oh, and because Heather tells everyone Molly's kookoo.

Rinse and repeat.

It all sews up nicely in the end but this book did not raise a hair on me. I just was dumbfounded that it took me as long as it did to finish it.

I was disappointed. Perhaps it just wasn't age appropriate for me but I expected something in there to at least make me *a little scared*.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear the read didn't end up being wholly worthwhile. I think it is a real skill to write books for children that can manage to not be too creepy for them but be just creepy enough for adults. I certainly think Neil Gaiman has that skill with both Coraline and his latest, The Graveyard Book, but not all authors can have that kind of cross appeal. This one sounds like it failed on both ends since your daughter found it too scary.